Two Winter Haven
teens have been charged with Felony Battery after attacking
a student on a school bus, knocking him unconscious.
On 5-12-14 at
approximately 1:48 p.m., a bus carrying students from Don E.
Woods Opportunity School to Winter Haven High School was
stopped at the intersection of 4th St. and Ave.
K, SE in Winter Haven. Fifteen year-old Armani Dorsey (2625
Ave. C, SW, Winter Haven) was seated near the front of the
bus next to the window, two seats behind the driver. Dorsey
was resting his head along the window, looking outside.
At the same
time, fifteen year-old Christopher Dawayne Lewis (1700 2nd
St., NW, Winter Haven) was standing in the isle
approximately one row behind Dorsey. Lewis told two other
passengers who were in the direct vicinity that he was going
to strike Dorsey and they should get their cell phones ready
to record the incident. At the same time, 14 year-old
Jo’Terious Lee Denmark (1542 Roselawn St., SW, Winter Haven)
was standing in the front row seats directly opposite of the
As Dorsey was
sitting quietly looking out the window, Lewis licked the
palm of his hand twice and reached over the seat slapping
Dorsey on the face. Dorsey immediately stood up and faced
towards the back of the bus in Lewis’ direction to see who
hit him. As soon as Dorsey stood up, Denmark walked over the
isle, reaching across the seat and punched Dorsey in the
face causing him to fall and lose consciousness. Both Lewis
and Denmark immediately exited the bus and ran from the
An attendant on
the bus, who was sitting in the front seat directly behind
the driver and in front of Dorsey, immediately took action
to render aid to Dorsey along with another fellow student.
Polk County Fire Rescue paramedics were called and Dorsey
was taken off the bus unconscious. Medical workers were able
to awaken Dorsey and it appears he suffered no long-term
effects from being knocked out. No other students were hurt
during the incident.
Detectives were able to identify the attackers and on
5-13-14 both Lewis and Denmark were brought to the Winter
Haven Police Department and charged in the attack. Both
Lewis and Denmark, who are associated with a gang, claim the
attack was in retaliation to a previous incident involving
Lewis, who is
currently on a diversion program through the Department of
Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for a Battery conviction in March of
this year, was charged with Felony Battery. Denmark, who is
currently on probation for Battery, had been banned from
riding any school transportation by the Polk County School
Board for the remainder of the school year due to a fight he
was involved in back in November 2013. Because Denmark had
been banned from riding the bus, he was charged with
Occupied Conveyance Burglary with Battery along with Felony
Battery and Violation of Probation.
Both Lewis and
Denmark were booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center.